Payment service providers (PSPs) who require a GB International Bank Account Number (IBAN) but have no need to offer payments to their customers via the UK payment systems, can either:
- Approach a direct participant of one of the payment schemes to request a sort code
- Contact Bacs to request a non-standard sort code(s) – see 'Process for allocating a non-standard sort code' below for more details.
The following institution types are eligible to obtain a non-standard sort code for use with an IBAN:
- Authorised payment institutions
- Small payment institutions
- European Economic Area (EEA) authorised payment institutions
- Credit institutions
- Electronic money institutions
- The Post Office Limited
- The Bank of England, the European Central Bank and the national central banks of EEA states other than the United Kingdom
- Government departments and local authorities.
Process for allocating a non-standard sort code
- PSPs should contact Bacs via the 'Contact us' page
- Subject to validation of the institution type, Bacs will require completion of the Non-Standard Sort Codes Questionnaire, asking the applicant to provide details/reason for requiring the non-standard sort code
- Once the questionnaire is completed and returned, Bacs will determine next steps
- If the request relates to making SEPA payments to UK customers, the applicant must also comply with the SEPA regulation and register as a UK SEPA adherent. In addition, they may also need to participate in the SEPA IBAN-Only Directory to help meet their UK reachability requirements.
- The National Adherence Support Organisation (NASO) and SEPA IBAN-Only representatives within Payments UK will also need to review the questionnaire and may arrange a short audio call to discuss the SEPA regulations
- The review by Bacs and PUK will determine if a non-standard sort code will be issued